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The NMBHPA thanks you for attending
5th Annual Conference on Behavioral Health

The event provided a fantastic opportunity for everyone to interact and learn from each other. Whether you were an executive, direct practitioner, or support staff, the spirit of partnership and innovation was evident.

The message was clear: our work is challenging, but together, we can achieve remarkable things.

Because we are stronger together

The Resonance of Shared Voices

  • State Initiatives and Future Vision: Alex Castillo-Smith from the NM Healthcare Authority shared exciting insights into the future of behavioral health care in New Mexico. Our state is leading the way in integrating CCBHC and enhancing mental health services.
  • Creating Healthy Workplaces: Michael DeBernardi from The Life Link in Santa Fe inspired us with his talk on developing healthy workplaces. He highlighted the significance of meaningful work, supportive environments, and trauma-informed care. As leaders, it's crucial to model empathy, kindness, and compassion.
  • Holistic Behavioral Health Approach: We explored the importance of viewing behavioral health as a comprehensive system, covering prevention, crisis intervention, treatment, and recovery. Enhancing data collection and integrating evidence-based practices are essential for improving our programs.
  • And Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino encouraged us to advocate and speak up, reminding us that our voices are crucial in shaping policy and services  As the recipient of the Nancy Jo Archer Lifetime Achievement Award, Sen Ortiz y Pino embodied the qualities and actions for which he advocated.

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Save the Date for next year’s conference

May 15-16, 2025

Thank you to all of the exhibitors,

sponsors, and keynote speakers!

We hope to see you again next year!

What Our Members Say

“NMBHPA has provided me a network of fellow providers throughout New Mexico who have an insurmountable amount of knowledge in the world of NM Behavioral Health. It is beyond helpful to be able to present ideas and brainstorm with such a variety of providers.” Molly Chavez

"Being a member of NMBHPA has truly been a transformative experience. The collaborative environment and commitment to mental health advocacy are unparalleled. Through NMBHPA, I've gained valuable insights, resources, and connections that have enhanced my ability to support individuals with behavioral health needs. I'm grateful to be part of such a dynamic community dedicated to improving mental health outcomes in New Mexico." – Devan Manilla

The NMBHPA keeps our agency updated on important legislative and policy changes. Throughout the year, team members from different departments in our organization participate in the biweekly meetings to ask questions and share ideas. We appreciate the chance to learn about different programs and client populations and enjoy networking with industry professionals throughout the state. The NMBHPA provides us with a strong voice in the NM Legislature as well as with the Managed Care Organizations and NM BHSD. In addition, membership offers ample opportunities for our team to contribute to advancing the profession and to assume leadership roles in behavioral health initiatives. – Katharine Spehar, SHRM-SCP